From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society / Edition 1

From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society / Edition 1

by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo Batalha Viveiro Castro
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226858022

ISBN-13: 9780226858029

Pub. Date: 07/28/1992

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The Araweté are one of the few Amazonian peoples who have maintained their cultural integrity in the face of the destructive forces of European imperialism. In this landmark study, anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro explains this phenomenon in terms of Araweté social cosmology and ritual order. His analysis of the social and religious life of the…  See more details below

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The Araweté are one of the few Amazonian peoples who have maintained their cultural integrity in the face of the destructive forces of European imperialism. In this landmark study, anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro explains this phenomenon in terms of Araweté social cosmology and ritual order. His analysis of the social and religious life of the Araweté--a Tupi-Guarani people of Eastern Amazonia--focuses on their concepts of personhood, death, and divinity.

Building upon ethnographic description and interpretation, Viveiros de Castro addresses the central aspect of the Arawete's concept of divinity--consumption--showing how its cannibalistic expression differs radically from traditional representations of other Amazonian societies. He situates the Araweté in contemporary anthropology as a people whose vision of the world is complex, tragic, and dynamic, and whose society commands our attention for its extraordinary openness to exteriority and transformation. For the Araweté the person is always in transition, an outlook expressed in the mythology of their gods, whose cannibalistic ways they imitate. From the Enemy's Point of View argues that current concepts of society as a discrete, bounded entity which maintains a difference between "interior" and "exterior" are wholly inappropriate in this and in many other Amazonian societies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226858029
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Edition description:
1
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Translator's Note
Preface
Note on Orthography
1Cosmology and Society1
1The Cannibal Gods1
2Living with the Arawete6
3The Tupi-Guarani Landscape24
2Approaching the Arawete30
1The Country30
2The Regional Context34
3The People38
4History48
3The Forsaken Ones58
1The Separation58
2Who's Who in the Cosmos63
3Gods and Spirits74
4Tupi-Guarani Cosmologies83
4The Frame of Life92
1The Year92
2The Village98
3A Day in the Dry Season104
4Difficulty at the Beginning109
5Nurture and Supernature119
1Mild Beer119
2Strong Beer123
3Meat and Honey133
4The Alimentary Forms of the Religious Life137
6Familiar Terms142
1The Mixture142
2Names143
3Relatives155
4Eluding Affinity167
7Birth, and Copulation, and Death179
1The Facts of Life179
2Passions191
3Death196
4Only the Bones Forget201
8Alien Words215
1The Marriage of Heaven and Earth215
2Shamanism and the Music of the Gods218
3Killers and the Music of Enemies238
4The Enemy's Point of View248
9Beings of Becoming252
1The Cannibal Cogito252
2Spiritual Dualism and Cosmological Triads259
3My Brother-in-law the Jaguar269
10The Anti-Narcissus273
1Vengeance and Sacrifice273
2A Rare Bird280
3On Dialogical Anthropophagy282
4The Anti-Social Contract293
5Eaters of Raw Flesh301
Appendix 1-A: Arawete Villages in 1981-83309
Appendix 1-B: List of Historical Arawete Villages312
Appendix 2-A: Arawete Population314
Appendix 2-B: Genealogies321
Appendix 3: Botanical and Zoological Terms (English, Portuguese, Arawete, Latin)326
Appendix 4: Glossary of Arawete Terms332
Notes335
Works Cited377
Index393

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